Master's Degrees

Master

Master's Degrees

History of Religions

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Language of instruction
English

Duration
2 years (120 ECTS)
Start: Early August

Application Deadline
February 1st
Nordic citizens: June 1st

Online application opens November 1st

Application fee
NOK 500 (approx. 60 USD).
Pay with VISA/Mastercard.

History of Religions

  • Why is Jerusalem still such a contested place?
  • What are the motivations behind the systematic destruction by the Islamic State (IS) of the cultural heritage of the past?
  • Why do sacred texts produced centuries ago continue to shape the lives of people today?
  • How are they used and abused?
  • Why does the sword sometimes replace the word in religious matters?
  • How did religious groups, ideas and artefacts travel from one continent to another and how did that migration transform them?
  • In other words, how did religious conflicts and encounters shape the modern world and why do they still matter today?

These are some of the topics MF Norwegian School of Theology tackles in its M.Phil programme in History of Pre-Modern Religion: Encounters and Conflicts.

Master of Theology

Master of Theology
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Language of instruction 
English

Duration
2 years (120 ECTS)
​Start: Early August

Application deadline 
February 1st 
Nordic citizens: June 1st

Online application opens November 1st

Application fee
NOK 500 (approx. 60 USD).
Pay with VISA/Mastercard.

 

Master of Theology

Religion, Society and Global Issues

RSGI
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Language of instruction
English

Duration
4 semesters (120 ECTS)
​Start: Early August

Application deadlines
February 1st
Nordic citizens: June 1st 

Application fee
NOK 500 (approx. 60 USD)
Payment method: VISA/Mastercard

Online application opens November 1st

Admission requirements

Religion, Society and Global Issues

This master’s programme aims at providing insights into various relationships between religion and society in an increasingly global and multicultural world.

Christian Formation

Christian Formation
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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Duration
2 years (120 ECTS)

Christian Formation

The religious education reform in the Church of Norway has created a great need for qualified teachers and parish catechists. The catechist is the church's leading teacher. Providing children and youth knowledge of Christianity through stories, experiences, rituals, and play is an important task of the catechist.

The master's programme in Christian Formation is a two-year program that includes the teacher training program (PPU). Thus the candidates obtain a double qualification for work in both churches and in schools.

The graduate is responsible for

  • safeguarding the Church's teaching of children, youth and adults
  • facilitating the work of the church for lifelong learning in the Christian faith
  • conducting leadership training, coordinating cooperation with schools, various organisations and municipal agencies
  • helping to create good arenas in the church for spiritual and human growth

Contact:
e-mail: school@mf.no

Religious Education

Christianity
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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Duration
2 years (120 ECTS)

Religious Education

In addition to an in-depth understanding of Christianity, the program provides thorough knowledge of epistemological issues and a high degree of methodological awareness and reflection. Methodologically, the students work historically and conceptually, hermeneutically and literarily, empirically and socially. Freedom of choice in the program allows for specialization in various fields, particularly related to the thesis.

Clinical Counselling

Clinical Counselling (full-time and part-time)
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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Duration
The study program consists of 120 ECTS. Normally, the program is completed within 5-6 years, altering between full-time and part-time studies.

Clinical Counselling

This study programme balances clinical and theoretical training through guided internships, professional reflection, papers and elective in-depth study topics as key elements. This programme is particularly suitable for ministers and deacons but may also be relevant to other professions in Church and society. Clinical Pastoral Training (PKU) is a central part of the study program's three compulsory courses.

In the degree, experience-based and process-oriented learning is central. There are special entrance requirements to the programme, and personal motivation is also very important in this programme, both to work on your own learning needs and to explore your own counselling practise. We emphasise a learning environment that promotes academic and personal formation.

Contact:
evu@mf.no

Diaconia and Christian Social Practice

Diaconia
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Language of Instruction:
Norwegian

Master in Diaconia is offered in collaboration with VID Specialized University.

Diaconia and Christian Social Practice

The master's program in Diaconia and Christian Social Practice is directed towards social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, social educators, teachers, or others with a bachelor's degree or equivalent in health, social, or educational training that desire to be involved with health care, diaconia, aid, and missions. The master's programme in diaconia gives the students insight into the church's diaconal ministry. The study program also aims towards developing skills and attitudes that are relevant to the practice of diaconia.

This is pursued through instruction in the following subjects:

  • The Biblical and theological basis for diaconia
  • Introduction to the science of diaconia
  • Counselling
  • Method
  • Diaconal Work
  • Ethics and Values
  • Leadership in Culture and Society
  • Diaconia in a global context
  • An elective subject of in-depth study of 10 ECTS, with relevance to the understanding of diaconal practise.

Praxis
During the time of study there are 2 internship periods. A three-week internship in a church and a four-week in-depth internship in an institution, organisation or in an international mission or NGO.

Employment Possibilities
Upon completion of the master's program, the students are qualified for and can work as a deacon in the Church of Norway. Other denominations also have deacons. Competency as a deacon responds to needs for quality care and leadership within organisations and institutions both in the Church landscape and in society at large, both nationally and internationally. This study program also qualifies for further study on a Ph.D. level.

Contact:e-mail: info@mf.no

 

Methodist Minister Education

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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Methodist Minister Education

This programme is developed in collaboration with the Methodist Theological Seminary in Norway.

The Methodist Church has its origins in the Anglican Church, rooted in the theological tradition of the common early church, in the Reformation interpretation of it and the revival of Christianity within the pietistic tradition. The Methodist Church has always existed in the tension between being a church and being a movement. Throughout its history, the church has focused on personal relationship with God and practical Christian life.

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of Methodist history and theology. This programme meets the requirements set by the Methodist Church for ordination of an elder.

Practical Theology

Practical Theology
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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Duration
The study program consists of 90 ECTS. Normally, the program is completed within 5-6 years, altering between full-time and part-time studies.

Practical Theology

This master's programme enables the candidate to carry out individual academic work where the challenges of practical ministry are assessed by way of accepted methodologies.

The program is practically oriented
Based on the competency gained in the basic areas of study, in addition to the students' own vocational experiences, this study programme provides perspectives and competency to understand ministry in new ways. It also combines an overarching perspective on theology, in which all aspects of the minister's life may be subjected to new ideas and theological reflection.

Affiliates
This study programme is a cooperation between MF, the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, and the School of Mission and Theology. The Practical Theological Seminary (University of Oslo) also participates as an academic affiliate. The Norwegian Association of Clergy is a main partner that contributes with expertise and relevant practical experience concerning development and implementation of courses. 

See a detailed description of the study program (in Norwegian) (Pdf)

Contact:
E-mail: evu@mf.no

Religion and Ethics

RLE/Religion and Ethics (part-time)
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Language of Instruction
Norwegian

Duration
3 years (90 ECTS)

Religion and Ethics

This study programme provides insight into key areas within various disciplines and areas of research that are relevant to teaching religion and worldviews in primary and secondary schools.

  • Religious Studies
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • The Bible and Christian interpretation of life
  • The History of Christianity
  • Islam

The student works with educational and didactic challenges. The study programme  aims primarily at the KRLE subject in primary school and Religion and Ethics in secondary school, yet t is also relevant for didactic issues and challenges in other subjects in the school system - and work within the Church.

Contact:
e-mail: school@mf.no